From: "Chris Horne" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: "Balloon HQ" <email@example.com>, "dyrw" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: balloon rose and wire - help! Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 20:05:59 -0000 Hi Theresa! If you are using a 15" balloon (who makes those??) you will need a much stronger wire than 20 gauge. It all depends on how big you want the rose. For a rose about 3" to 4" in diameter, I would use 9" or 11" balloons stretched tightly over a frame made from 16 gauge wire. The stronger the better, because for it to work well, the balloon has to be tightly stretched before you bind it off at the bottom. You will also need about 10 to 12 petals for it to be anything like a rose - the more the merrier. Words do not come up to the job when trying to describe how to do fantasy flowers well. I am teaching a hands - on lab class on fantasy flowers at IBAC next month - if you are going to IBAC why don't you try to get on it? Alternatively, there are several pointers in my "Wedding Workshop in a BOX" video available through your Conwin Distributor. Hope that helps - Chris Horne, Northampton, England.